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Kenya gets carbon friendly HP centre

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 6- Hewlett Packard (HP) has introduced a newly designed data center in Nairobi that is expected to decrease carbon emissions by half.
The patent-pending HP Flexible Data Center offers a standardised, modular approach to designing and building data centres that allow clients to replace traditional data centre designs with a flexible solution that can be expanded as needed while conserving resources.
Backed by HP Critical Facilities Services, which provides consulting, design engineering, and architecture services, HP will collaborate with clients to evaluate their needs and to help with the planning and implementation of all aspects of their data centre infrastructures.
Managing Director for East Africa Ken Mbwaya said clients such as financial service providers and government entities would find the scalable and modular nature of HP Flexible DC a compelling option.
He said the pressure to save on capital and operating expenditure is one of the most critical issues facing enterprises today.  When building new data centres clients need to consider options that support business growth, while also saving time and costs.
“Financial institutions create an enormous volume of data, which means they need to be able to quickly add capacity to their data center without disrupting business. HP Flexible DC is a promising new approach to the way organisations can meet computing demands efficiently while addressing capital-intensive data centre costs,” he said.
The newly designed HP data center is air-cooled, rather than water-cooled which saves the users  power and potentially millions of gallons of water annually, said Mr Mbwaya.
“HP Flexible DC is based on a “butterfly” design featuring four prefabricated quadrants, or modules, that stem off a central administrative section,” he explained.
The offering uses industrial components to improve cost efficiencies as well as a streamlined building process with a variety of options for power and cooling distribution.
Mr Mbwaya said the modular design also extends clients’ ability to increase scalable capacity while retaining specified levels of reliability and redundancy while specific configurations also optimise the use of power and cooling resources to lower energy and water use, enabling clients to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and a facility’s carbon footprint.

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